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Football Notebook: Trinity’s Whitley off to good start; Natchez’s Robinson struggles

Ben Hillyer & Justin sellers / The Natchez Democrat — Natchez High School’s Anthony Robinson, left, drops back for a pass Friday night against Warren Central. Robinson had three interceptions and a fumble in the game. At right, Trinity’s Michael Whitley finished 9-for-10 in passing with 128 yards and two touchdowns against Porter’s Chapel.
Ben Hillyer & Justin sellers / The Natchez Democrat — Natchez High School’s Anthony Robinson, left, drops back for a pass Friday night against Warren Central. Robinson had three interceptions and a fumble in the game. At right, Trinity’s Michael Whitley finished 9-for-10 in passing with 128 yards and two touchdowns against Porter’s Chapel.

By Michael Kerekes & Reina Kempt

NATCHEZ — Trinity Episcopal Day School’s 43-0 win against Porter’s Chapel Academy propelled the Saints to a 4-0 record, giving the Saints plenty of momentum as they head into the meat of their schedule.

Quarterback Michael Whitley, who finished 9-for-10 in passing with 128 yards and two touchdowns, said it was a great feeling getting off to such an excellent start.

“We’ve got a good team,” Whitley said. “We’ve got a good team, the (offensive) line’s playing excellent, we’ve got the best offensive line coach (in Larry Calcote), and it just feels great to win.”

The last three weeks have been blowout wins for Trinity as the Saints have topped Centreville Academy, Central Private School and Porter’s Chapel by a combined score of 151-34. Head coach Josh Loy said the one disadvantage to blowout wins is the starters not getting as many touches on offense and opportunities on defense.

“I think there’s some frustration with the kids wanting to play a little more,” Loy said. “They’re not getting as much time as they’re used to, but it is what it is. We have to stay healthy. Ultimately, our goal is to win a championship, and you can’t do that in Week 4.

“We have to get some of these young guys in and let them play, and hopefully they can help us down the road.”

When the starters were in, though, they made the most of their opportunities — on both sides of the ball. In addition to their four offensive touchdowns, the Saints had two touchdowns on defense with a fumble recovery in the end zone by Trey Hall and a 55-yard interception return by Dré McCoy.

“It’s big,” Loy said of being able to score on both sides of the ball. “Our defense played great (Friday night.) They’re getting better and better every week, and we’re really shaping up on that side of the ball to be a shutdown-style defense.”

Trinity (4-0, 1-0) will play at Prairie View Academy Friday night.

Natchez High School

The Natchez High Bulldogs couldn’t handle Warren Central’s defensive pressure Friday night in a 27-6 loss.

Friday was also Anthony Robinson’s 2013 debut after being suspended for violating team rules.

Warren Central forced three interceptions and a fumble against Robinson. Two of which resulted in Viking touchdowns.

Robinson threw 17 for 28 for 99 yards with one touchdown, but added on three interceptions and a fumble.

Reed said it is too soon to say whether or not Robinson will stay at the quarterback position, but something will have to change before they head into district play.

“We’re going to make some decisions, but we’re going to get better I promise you,” Reed said.

Despite several turnovers, running back John Ferguson had a solid night for the Bulldogs with 16 carries for 124 yards.

But Ferguson said his stats mean nothing, if the Bulldogs couldn’t come out victorious.

“I feel I did OK, but I really wanted to get the win,” Ferguson said. “I could’ve done better with my pass protection.”

Ferguson said they made the game harder than it should’ve been, but he gave credit to Warren Central for putting up a tough front.

“They were a better team than us (Friday),” he said.

Ferguson said that after the loss, things must change in their work ethic to be ready for their district opener.

“We just need to practice harder and not play around in the locker room,” Ferguson said.

The Bulldogs have a bye week before matching up against Wayne County Sept. 27.